ELLESMERE Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.
Mr Miller joined 200 other MPs and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society in Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers.
Mr Miller pledged to help make Ellesmere Port and Neston dementia-friendly area so sufferers can play a full role in their community – and to improve support available for people with dementia.
He said: “One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. It’s a very difficult disease for the sufferer and also their family and friends.
“It can leave people isolated and vulnerable and is a health and social issue we cannot ignore.”
Campaigners from the Alzheimer’s Society were in Westminster to drum up political support for their Dementia Friends initiative that launched in February.
Dementia Friends aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
The charity aims to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015 helping to make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of those living with the condition.
Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: “Most people don’t know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends is the opportunity to be able to invite everyone to improve their knowledge.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly can go to www.dementia friends.org.uk for more details.